Handheld 3D scanner startup raises $1m for medical imaging

Handheld 3D scanner startup raises $1m for medical imaging

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The funding from SBRI Healthcare is to develop its Eykona scanner technology for a range of therapy applications and adoption in the NHS and international healthcare markets. Eykona was a crowd-funded handheld 3D scanner that has yet to ship.
"As our core technology was originally developed with medical imaging applications in mind, so we are delighted to have secured this contract in order to ensure that, under Fuel3D, the Eykona scanning technology continues to play a role in the healthcare sector," said Stuart Mead, CEO of Fuel 3D Technologies. "This contract runs in parallel with our plans to deliver a consumer-grade 3D scanner, and we are looking forward to shipping the first units to our Kickstarter backers within the next few weeks."
Last year the company raised $300,000 for the development of an affordable, high resolution handheld 3D scanner on Kickstarter. Earlier this year, the company announced a £1.6 million ($2.6 million) investment from syndicate of private investors, led by Chimera Partners.
The Eykona Wound Measurement System is the original scanning platform developed by Fuel 3D Technologies. It generates 3D images of wounds to allow objective measurement for accurate wound assessment. Fast processing enables rapid display of interactive 3D images and helps support an evidence-based approach to wound care, wound characterization and management. Available since 2012, the Eykona Wound Measurement System is now in use in over 25 NHS Trusts, as well as in universities and research projects in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. The aim of the SBRI contract is to develop the Eykona system into a general medical scanning device able to benefit more patients in more specialties.
The affordable handheld 3D scanner provides high resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art, animation and game development, combining pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds.
The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, championed by the newly formed Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), who aim to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice. The programme sets industry the challenge in a series of health related competitions which result in fully funded development contracts between the awarded company and the NHS. Unlike many R&D projects which offer grant or match funding, SBRI contracts are 100 per cent funded and the company retains the IP.

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